6 Effective Uses for Ultraviolet in the Hospitality Industry

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

Published by: United UV-C Sanitation Solutions

The primary objective of the hospitality industry is to provide welcoming, convenient, and safe places to stay and eat. There’s no question that one of the biggest challenges those in the industry face is keeping ahead of the germs and bacteria guests leave behind.

Did you know that using ultraviolet light to disinfect guest rooms and other areas of your establishment can help ensure guests’ safety – and safeguard your reputation? It’s true. Here are six surprising ultraviolet light uses you may not know about.

#1: Room Devices and Banquet Furniture

The devices in hotels and banquet equipment are notoriously germ-laden. Wiping them down with disinfectants may kill some of the bacteria and germs they hold, but it won’t get all of them. UV-C Light Sterilization Cabinets can be used to quickly disinfect devices like TV remotes.

If you’re seeking uses for ultraviolet disinfection as a way of justifying investing in this new service, consider that you can place items that guests touch – such as banquet chairs – into a meeting room that is being treated with UV-C Light to instantly sterilize all furniture and equipment between events.  Germs will be killed anywhere the light touches. Your next guests who attend events in your space can rest assured that they won’t be exposed to harmful germs.

#2: Ultraviolet Disinfection for Room Keys

Streamline productivity while protecting your team and customers from cross contamination with an ultraviolet disinfection cabinet. Even with the advancement of new key-less technologies, guest's will still require physical keys during their stay. Utilizing an ultraviolet sanitation cabinet is a great way to save time and labor while disinfecting key cards. This proven, hospital-grade technology will gain your guest's trust and confidence

Disinfect over 200 keys per hour. Each unit comes with the following: Disinfection cycle timer. Door safety shut-off. Durable corrosion resistant aluminum.14 gal. interior capacity. Up to 20 removable shelves. 2 High Output UV-C bulbs. Polished reflective finish provides 360 degree sanitation coverage.

United UV-C offers low monthly leases on sterilization equipment. All leases include installation and maintenance from EPA certified technicians as well as FREE replacement of the germicidal bulbs for the life of the lease.

#3: Food Preparation Areas

Keeping kitchens, pantries, and food storage spaces free of bacteria is a battle that never ends. In fact, even the most rigorous cleaning with traditional methods such as soap, water, and bleach can leave harmful bacteria behind.

One of the most revolutionary ultraviolet light uses is cleaning kitchens and food prep areas. Knives, cutting boards, sinks, shelves, and cookware may all be disinfected using ultraviolet light technology. In fact, using ultraviolet light to clean your kitchen or restaurant means never having to worry about inadequate cleaning or sick guests because bacteria can’t build up a resistance to UV light like they can chemical cleaners.

#4: Pillows and Blankets

Guests expect their sheets, pillowcases, and towels to be washed in hot water regularly. However, it isn’t practical for hotels to launder pillows and quilts every time a guest leaves. For that reason, guests’ beds can often harbor dangerous bacteria even if the linens have been freshly washed.

Some hotels use ultraviolet light wands and portable devices, but there are risks associated with using them as well. A user who doesn’t put the wand close enough to a surface or use it for long enough may end up leaving harmful organisms in place. That’s why we’ve focused on creating UV technology that is designed to work autonomously and can reduce the risk of human error resulting in missed germs.

In the end, advising guests that your rooms have been cleaned with ultraviolet technology can give them peace of mind that they otherwise wouldn’t have.

#5: Fitness Centers

It might surprise you to learn that a study found that fitness equipment may have more than 1,000,000 germs per square inch.  Nearly every hotel has a fitness facility for their guests’ enjoyment, but your guests won’t thank you if they end up ill due to using your equipment.

Furthermore, the unpleasant smell that is present in many gyms is not due to sweat, it’s actually due to the bacteria that grows as a result. Using ultraviolet light to disinfect the room can halt the growth of harmful bacteria for good.

#6: Way to Leverage Higher Premiums

You might expect that switching to ultraviolet technology to disinfect your establishment might cost more than what you’re currently doing. However, the opposite may very well be true.

Companies in the hospitality industry spend a lot of money buying sanitary wipes and other sanitation products. Research studies, as well as real life programs with hotels such as Best Western and MGM Grand have shown that incorporating additional disinfection protocols and/or wellness features into your rooms can drive increased guest satisfaction, occupancy rates, and/or higher premiums.

The Bottom Line:

Instead of worrying that your cleaning staff might have missed harmful bacteria, consider using ultraviolet technology to disinfect guest and employee areas of your business.

United UV-C's products and service can improve the cleanliness of hotels – and keep your hospitality business safe and free of germs.

The "Clean Slate" Service Plan

United UV-C's EPA Indoor Air Quality Certified Service Technicians come to your hotel each week with our High Output UV-C Light Sterilization Equipment to perform a complete disinfection of your space. One technician is capable of completely disinfecting over 10,000 sq. feet an hour and the space can be re-occupied immediately afterwards. 

The goal is for your facility to start off each week with a "Clean Slate" of disinfection.

A Weekly Service Agreement is Our Best Value. With a Sterilization Process performed each week in your hotel, your staff and guests are better protected and you can rest assured that your hotel starts off each week as clean as it can be.

Contact United UV-C:

Call: 1-855-723-6883

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